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Smart Lipo – Using Laser Lipo For Fat Removal

smartlipoA unique procedure called Smart Lipo, a brand name for laser lipo, is different when compared to other fat removal procedures on the market today. The procedure is actually very simple and uses state of the art laser technology. Smart Lipo, also known as laser lipo, liquefies fat deposits which are then removed through a tiny pin point incision made by the cosmetic surgeon. A local anesthetic is used in the area. Smart Lipo is an FDA approved procedure that resuts in minimal bruising or swelling.

The patient must be 18 years of age or older and in good health in order to have the procedure. This type of procedure is not recommended for patients that are twenty five pounds or more over their ideal BMI (body mass index). Smart Lipo is aimed at people who have tried every diet under the sun, have exercised till they have dropped and still find it hard to reduce fat on those stubborn areas. Does this sound like you? If so then this procedure is perfect for you. Afterwards, it is recommended that you enhance the results by continuing your diet and exercise routine.

So where do you start? The answer is to visit, a Smart Lipo doctor and information site where one can search for laser lipo information and doctors. Here you can visit the doctor profile pages which link to their websites. After you find your nearest doctor, the next step is to set up a consultation. The consultation will give you the chance to find out exactly how you can be helped and will give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about the procedure.

After the procedure, you will usually wait one or two days before you can go back to living your life normally. Depending on your doctor’s instructions, the bandages only have to be kept on for a week or two. You will also find that your skin begins to tighten around the areas that are treated (usually 6 weeks after treatment) unlike traditional liposuction where your skin can remain lax due to large volumes of fat being sucked out. With Smart Lipo this does not happen, because when liquidizing the fatty deposits the laser promotes the skin to repair itself, thus making the skin tighter.

Smartlipo costs are very competitive and average from around $2,000 for small areas to around $5,000 for larger areas. Combinations of areas are usually calculated at a slight discount. Compared to liposuction, Smart Lipo prices are generally thirty percent less than traditional liposuction and in some cases the results may be better.

Mesotherapy An Effective Cellulite Treatment (Mesotherapy Pictures)

Mesotherapy Pictures

Mesotherapy Pictures

Consumers are as interested as ever in using non surgical cosmetic procedures to improve their looks and self esteem. But with the rising cost of medical procedures, and the inability of most insurance companies to cover treatment, those who seek cosmetic procedures are turning from cosmetic surgery to alternative treaments  in order to achieve the results they seek. One popular treatment that has many people raving is known as mesotherapy.  The procedure has been around since the 1950s, but has grown most in popularity during the last decade. It is most often used to aid in weight loss, fat loss, cellulite treatment, spot treatment and to tighten aging skin, especially in the face, neck and hands.  Some people have even used mesotherapy to treat hair loss and to reduce the appearance of scars. 

Mesotherapy falls into the specific category called homotoxicology, in which sickness is considered to be a natural defense against homotoxins, or toxic substances that invade the body in an attempt at ruining the body’s natural balance. With mesotherapy, an assortment of substances is injected into the mesoderm, the layer of skin just under the outer skin layer. These substances may include homeopathic medications, natural herbs, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. In the past several years, many new approaches to mesotherapy have been developed. These include popular programs such as MesoGlow, lipodissolve and MesoBoost.  While they all differ slightly in approach, each type of treatment still follows the main principles of mesotherapy. 

Some mesotherapists use special equipment called mesotherapy injection guns. They are not nearly as frightening as the name may imply. Injection guns are handheld electric tools that utilize a system of tubes and needles. On one end of the injection gun is a sterilized needle that is attached to a tube filled with a solution of various vitamins, minerals and medications located at the other end of the injection gun. 

 Mesotherapy side effects include bruising at the site of injection and occasional nausea or headaches. Some people will feel ill during or after treatment in the same way that one may feel sick when getting a tattoo. In fact, the procedures are very similar, and mesotherapy is usually safer than receiving a tattoo since its practitioners are all licensed medical professionals. Other than bruising and the occasional nausea, there are usually minimal side effects to the treatment. 

One important thing to keep in mind for those interested in using mesotherapy to eliminate fat: like any other treatment, fat loss will only have a lasting affect if the patient follows a healthy diet and exercise routine. Many people pay large sums of money for mesotherapy or other cosmetic treatments, expecting a miraculous return to their youthful figure without putting forth any effort. They are inevitably disappointed in the end. Mesotherapy does aid in reducing fat, but does not act as a shield against gaining fat in the future. This is why a mesotherapist will always advise patients seeking fat loss to begin eating healthier and to spend at least 5 hours a week exercising. These routines will substantially increase the benefits of mesotherapy.

 Mesotherapy can be a very beneficial and inexpensive form of treatment for a host of ailments. Those interested should spend time researching the possible benefits and drawbacks of mesotherapy before making a decision and always consult with a qualified physician before undergoing any treatment.

Lipodissolve – An Alternative to Liposuction

lipo dissolveMany patients are turning to lipodissolve as an alternative to liposuction and other cosmetic surgery procedures. Lipodissolve as a fat removal treatment can accomplish something that many people have been trying to do for years. Women and men all over the world look into the mirror each day and wish they had some “magical” way to solve their weight issues. Lipodissolve has been compared to other successful treatments on the market but this particular treatment when administered properly, has been shown to have a higher success rate where results can last longer. The treatment involves a series of injections to the problem area to remove fat deposits. Most people when they wish to lose weight “magically” go to their cosmetic surgeon for liposuction, excess skin reductions, gastric bands etc. These types of treatments are invasive and require general anesthesia, which can pose a high risk for the patient. Lipodissolve may be the answer for some who do not wish to undergo surgery. The process is simple and quick to perform. You can be in and out during your lunch break at work! Imagine being able to drop a dress size over a very short amount of time, and all in your lunch hour! What an amazing thought! LipoDissolve seems to have achieved these results for many who have received this treatment.

For best results the treatment is usually completed in stages. Treatments are often spaced out over a period of time, with each treatment being given every 2 weeks. The treatments can be helpful if you have problems with your arms, legs, bottom, stomach and love handles. You may experience some slight bruising after each treatment but this is normal and is usually not a problem as these will fade over time. The amount of inches you lose in the treated areas differs from person to person but the results can be quite dramatic.

Lipodissolve compared to other similar treatments on the market is very competitive in cost. Each person who undergoes the treatment receives a personalized plan created for them by their doctor or specialist. The average price is approximately ½ the cost of liposuction and, like other cosmetic procedures, many doctors and specialists will offer credit options to help pay for your treatments.

Many lipo dissolve specialists are so confident of their results that some will actually offer a thirty day, money back guarantee if you do not see any results (measurable ones) after the full amount of treatments have been given. Again, this depends on the doctor or clinic offering the procedure.

Always consult with a lipodissolve doctor or expert before undergoing this procedure. It is important that you know all you know risks and side effects before undergoing any lipodissolve treatement.

Laser Liposuction – Is It Right For You?

Smart LipoPioneering minds have really opened up the market and produced an amazing safe way for people to enjoy the benefits of liposuction but without the down-time, pain, general anesthetic and cost. They have introduced to the world laser liposuction (also known as the brand name Smart Lipo). A laser is used at a certain frequency to liquefy the fat deposits in areas around your body that are prone to stubborn fat that is hard to remove. Then, under a local anesthetic, this liquid is removed from the area by a small needle which drains it away. The procedure is very painless and the reported results are astounding. Thousands of people are now able to lose weight without weeks of down-time. The total down-time for laser liposuction is usually 1 to 2 days. The bandages are only kept on for a week – possibly two, depending on your healing rate. This means that you are able to go back to work in record time. The cost of the procedure varies from clinic to clinic but on average it is up to 40% cheaper in some areas than the traditional form of liposuction being offered.

There are several places on the body that this treatment can be used including the stomach, hips, love handles, bottom, face, chin, neck, arms and even fat removal in the area commonly referred as “manboobs”. There are some limitations to those who can actually have this procedure done. It is advised that laser lipo should only be carried out on patients that are no more than approximately 25 to 35 lbs over their target recommended Body Mass Indexed (BMI) weight. It is designed and marketed to people who eat well and exercise often but still find that they cannot get rid of fat in stubborn areas. This procedure is perfectly suited for the person who already exercises and is aware that this is not a miracle treatment. It does require a healthy regimen to maintain the results achieved by the procedure.

The results achieved after the procedure will last as long as you allow it to last. If you gain weight significantly, then you will find that the problem will return so you have to make sure you maintain a healthy routine. People who are in bad health, who have kidney and liver problems, diabetes, heart issues, cancer, certain skin disorders and are 25 – 35 lbs overweight should not undergo laser liposuction.

Laser liposuction can remove fat within a thirty to forty minute session, with approximately two weeks between each session to allow time to heal. The number of sessions required will be determined by your doctor.

Can Vitamin D Affect Weight Loss?

The following results were presented at The Endocrine Society’s 91st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. (ANI)

Researchers have revealed that measuring vitamin D levels before the start of a low-calorie diet can help predict weight loss success. The study suggests a possible role for vitamin D in weight loss.

“Vitamin D deficiency is associated with obesity, but it is not clear if inadequate vitamin D causes obesity or the other way around,” said the study’s lead author, Dr Shalamar Sibley, MPH, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota.

During the study, the authors attempted to determine whether baseline vitamin D levels before calorie restriction affect subsequent weight loss.

They measured the circulating blood levels of vitamin D in 38 overweight men and women before and after the subjects followed a diet plan for 11 weeks consisting of 750 calories a day fewer than their estimated total needs.

The authors found that baseline, or pre-diet, vitamin D levels predicted weight loss in a linear relationship.

“Our results suggest the possibility that the addition of vitamin D to a reduced-calorie diet will lead to better weight loss,” said Sibley.

She cautioned, however, that more research is needed.

“Our findings,” she said, “need to be followed up by the right kind of controlled clinical trial to determine if there is a role for vitamin D supplementation in helping people lose weight when they attempt to cut back on what they eat.”

When it comes to foods and supplements, the term “vitamin D” refers to two inactive precursors to this hormone-like nutrient, called D3 (cholecalciferol, obtainable only from animal foods) and D2 (ergocalciferol, made from yeast).
The D3 form — which is produced in the skin on exposure to UV sunrays and is abundant only in fatty fish — appears to be more effective at raising body levels of vitamin D.
Winter sunrays in northern latitudes are so weak that many people make no vitamin D at all during these short, dim days. And darker-skinned people are the least able to make vitamin D when sunrays are weak.
This means that dietary supplements, fatty fish, and tanning lamps are the only ways to boost vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D deficiency can cause or exacerbate osteoporosis and fractures and appears to promote common cancers, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, type 1 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Most experts have urged the Institute of Medicine to quickly raise the adult RDA from 200 IU (birth to age 50) or 400 IU (aged 51-plus) to at least 1,000 IU … preferably to 2,000 IU or more.
The current officially recommended upper daily limit is 2,000 IU … a level vitamin D researchers decry as wholly unfounded and misleading, since all the published evidence shows that adults can very safely consume at least 10,000 IU per day.
Due to their low body weight, children should not exceed 2,000 IU of supplemental vitamin D per day, unless approved by a doctor.
Fatty fish are the only rich food sources of vitamin D3, and tuna and wild salmon top that list, providing about 200 IU (king salmon) to 600 IU (albacore tuna and sockeye salmon) per 3.5 oz (100 gram) serving.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines vitamin D deficiency as having blood levels below 15 nanograms per liter (ng/mL) and states that anything less than 20 ng/mL is inadequate for bone and overall health.  NIH sets 30 ng/mL as the minimum needed for good overall health.
According to NIH, up to 45 percent of Americans fall below the sufficiency level (20 ng/mL), and 50-78 percent have blood levels that fall below the recommended sufficiency level (30 ng/mL or more).
Vitamin D experts recommend a target of 30 to 100 ng/mL based on good evidence that rates of major diseases drop when blood levels rise into this range (Klein GL et al 2009).
Only blood levels that consistently test higher than 200 ng/mL (i.e., 500 nanomoles per liter) are considered potentially toxic.

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